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    MOSCOW, USSR/ROME, ITALY/PARIS, FRANCE

    As the Soviet dissident scientist Andrei Sakharov celebrated his 63rd birthday on May 21 in hospital, French External Relations Minister, Claudo Cheysson, said his government had no way of checking reports from Moscow that Sakharov and his wife were in good health.

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    USSR, VISLIB, 1979 (MUTE)
    1. SV Andrei Sakharov with wife Yelena Bonner. 0.15
    1980
    2. SV Sakharov with reporters. (2 SHOTS) 0.30
    3. SV Sakharov. 0.43
    1983 (SOUND)
    4. SVs Yelena Bonner talks to reporter. (2 SHOTS) 0.58
    5. GVs & SVs Yelena Bonner talks to reporters. (SOT) (3 SHOTS) 1.09
    6. SVs & GVs US Embassy in Moscow. (3 SHOTS) 1.18
    ITALY, MAY 19, 1984 (FIORI)
    7. SV Sakharov's step-daughter, Tatiana Yankelevich speaking. (English SOT) 2.11
    FRANCE, MAY 20, 1984 (TDF)
    8. SV French Communist Party General Secretary Georges Marchais speaks. (French SOT) 2.49
    TRANSCRIPT:
    TATANIA YANKELEVICH: (SEQ 7) "The last time they went on hunger strike in 1981, you might remember they fasted for 17 days. He is apparently very weak by now and very much for his life, because the next few days can be decisive. As for my mother, she has suffered a massive heart attack a year ago, and since then two lesser, minor heart attacks. She's in very dangerous condition. She, according to the specialists and cardiologists in the West, in the States, in France and in Britain, she's in urgent need of medical help and possibly heart bypass surgery."
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    Background: MOSCOW, USSR/ROME, ITALY/PARIS, FRANCE

    As the Soviet dissident scientist Andrei Sakharov celebrated his 63rd birthday on May 21 in hospital, French External Relations Minister, Claudo Cheysson, said his government had no way of checking reports from Moscow that Sakharov and his wife were in good health. Sakharov began a hunger strike in May 2 in protest at an official refusal to allow his wife Yelena Bonner, to go to the West for heart treatment. A week later, Bonner also started to refuse food. Sakharov, a world-renowned nuclear physicist and the 1975 Nobel Peace Prize winner, was banished to the city of Gorky in January 1980, in an attempt to halt his human rights campaigns. His case has provoked an international outcry on Soviet treatment of domestic critics. The Sakharovs were already weekend by a previous hunger strike successfully concluded when Mrs Sakharov's daughter was allowed to leave the USSR. Speaking in Rome on May 19, Andrei Sakharov's step-daughter Tatiana Yankelevich, warned that her mother was in need of urgent treatment and possibly a heart bypass operation. However, French Communist Party General Secretary Georges Marchais said in Paris on May 20 he hed received information from the Soviet Union affirming that Yelena Bonner's condition did not even require her to be hospitalized, and that she was at her home in Gorky. Marchais, reading out the Soviet statement on French television, said Sakharov was in hospital under contrast medical surveillance.

    Source: REUTERS LIBRARY/REUTERS - ANGELO FIORI/TDF

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEDW54SV8F95HSCE9CRNG6AZ3X
    Media URN:
    VLVAEDW54SV8F95HSCE9CRNG6AZ3X
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/05/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:49:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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